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Trudeau to march at Montreal climate rally

Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada Justin Trudeau paddles a canoe at the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area in Sudbury, Ontario on Thursday Sept. 26, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz


SUDBURY, Ont. - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will take part in Friday's massive climate march in Montreal, he announced Thursday as he continued to criss-cross the country making a series of environmental announcements.

Speaking in Sudbury, Ont., Trudeau confirmed his attendance at the Montreal march, which is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people as well as Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who has become the symbolic leader of the movement demanding action on climate change.

Thunberg will be given the key to the city from Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante during her visit, but the Liberals have not said whether Trudeau will meet with her.

On Thursday, Trudeau praised the "extraordinary amount of mobilization" by young people across Canada and around the world who have been pressuring for action on climate change, and pitched himself as the best person to lead the charge.

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Scheer promises inquiry into SNC-Lavalin

Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer arrives before making a campaign announcement in Montreal, Que., on Thursday, September 26, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette


MONTREAL - A Conservative government would launch a judicial inquiry to find out what happened during the SNC-Lavalin affair and introduce legislation to investigate "sleazy" politicians, leader Andrew Scheer said Thursday.

Scheer stopped in Justin Trudeau's Montreal riding of Papineau for the announcement and addressed the Liberal leader directly.

"Mr. Trudeau, you are unfit to lead."

Scheer said both measures are necessary to provide Canadians the answers they deserve about the government's involvement in SNC-Lavalin's criminal prosecution.

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Singh announces $5,000 home rental subsidy

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh talks with Betty Nicolaye and one of her three children as he makes a campaign stop with Rachel Blaney, NDP Candidate for North Island-Powell River, at a Habitat for Humanity project in Campbell River, B.C. on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. The family is homeless and living in their van. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan


NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh spent a third consecutive day campaigning in the critical battleground of British Columbia — this time on Vancouver Island where his party is trying to prevent a surge by the Greens.

Singh's pitch added detail to the New Democrats' plan for housing affordability. If elected, he pledged to offer annual subsidies of up to $5,000 as way to deliver immediate help for families struggling to pay their rents.

He repeated that a New Democrat government would build half-a-million new affordable houses across the country over the next decade. But he said that since people need help right away, the NDP would subsidize rent for nearly 500,000 families.

"This will make the difference for families that are unable to pay their bills, for families that are making a tough choice between do they pay for their groceries or do they pay rent," Singh told reporters at a construction site in Campbell River, a city of about 35,000 people on the island's east coast.

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Greens plan to cancel pipeline projects

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May speaks during the Maclean's/Citytv National Leaders Debate in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. May says her party's climate change plan would cancel proposed pipeline projects and transition Canada's energy infrastructure to a carbon-free grid system. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn


MONTREAL - Green Leader Elizabeth May says if she were prime minister, she'd create a "war cabinet" to deal with what she says is the most important issue of the upcoming election: climate change.

May says her party's climate-change plan would cancel proposed pipeline projects and transition Canada's energy infrastructure to a carbon-free power-grid system, with a goal to phase out fossil fuels by 2030 to keep from crossing a climate "tipping point."

"We're at war here," May said at an event in Montreal Thursday. "The future of our species is at stake, so we have to do things very differently if we are to survive."

May said that the Green plan would modernize Canada's electricity grid to supply renewable energy across the country and would scrap existing oil and gas projects, including a $9-billion project to pipe natural gas to an export terminal in Quebec's Saguenay region. The Green plan would see the eventual phasing-out of oil refineries, oilsands extraction and gas-powered vehicles by 2030.

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Liberal candidate urged to condemn abuse


OTTAWA - Two prominent Ontario doctors are accusing Dr. Lesley Barron, a Liberal candidate in the federal election, of standing by while another physician made offensive and misogynist comments about them on social media.

Dr. Kulvinder Gill and Dr. Ashvinder Lamba, both from the advocacy group Concerned Ontario Doctors, said they were surprised last September to learn Dr. Angus Maciver, an Ontario general surgeon, had called them both "corksoakers" on Twitter, understood to be a euphemism for a vulgar term.

Neither of the doctors, whom he also referred to by using an offensive term for female genitals, was involved in the original conversation on Twitter.

Gill, who has been calling attention to the issue on social media again, said she wants people to know that Barron, a surgeon running for the Liberals in the southern Ontario riding of Wellington-Halton Hills, was involved in the thread on Twitter but never spoke up to say Maciver crossed the line.

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Energy think tank demands Tories remove ad


OTTAWA - A British Columbia think tank asked the Conservatives on Thursday to either stop running a new anti-carbon tax ad, or remove the reference in it to Clean Energy Canada's research.

Dan Woynillowicz, policy director for Clean Energy Canada, says Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer's new ad misrepresents research done by the Simon Fraser University think tank.

"The information in the ad needs to be corrected, or it needs to be removed from circulation," said Woynillowicz.

The ad launched earlier this week and claims that if Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is re-elected Canadians will pay 31 cents more per litre of gas. In small print at the bottom of the ad, it says 22.5 cents of that comes from Canada Revenue Agency data on the impact of the carbon tax, while five cents is from Clean Energy Canada research on the clean fuel standard. The rest is GST.

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New rules help shift third party spending


OTTAWA - Two third-party groups shifted their advertising strategies as the election campaign began, showing the impact of Canada's new ad rules.

Canadians for Clean Prosperity had advertised during the pre-election period (between June 30 and the campaign's start on Sept. 11) in support of the federal carbon tax. Through a group called Fair Path Forward, it spent almost $170,000 on Facebook ads, but ended its activities just before the campaign started.

A second group, Canada Strong and Proud, promoted ads in favour of Canada's energy sector, switching to ads directly targeting Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau once the campaign started. Through a page called "Proud To Be Canadian," the group has spent over $100,000 on Facebook ads since June and up to $8,500 since the start of the campaign.

The information is publicly available from Facebook, in its new library of Canadian political ads.

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A look at the parties' election promises

Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer arrives before making a campaign announcement in Montreal, Que., on Thursday, September 26, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette


OTTAWA - A running list of specific promises announced by the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Green party since the official start of the federal election campaign on Sept. 11.


Sept. 26: Conserve and protect 25 per cent of Canada's land and 25 per cent of Canada's oceans by 2025, working towards 30 per cent of each by 2030. Expand the Learn to Camp program, and give 75,000 low-income children and their families up to four nights in national or provincial parks, including travel bursaries of up to $2,000.

Sept. 25: Provide homeowners and landlords with interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to pay for environmental retrofits, create a Net Zero Homes Grant of up to $5,000 for people who buy newly built homes certified as zero-emissions, spend $100 million on skills training for workers to conduct energy audits, retrofits and net-zero home construction. Create a low-cost national flood insurance program and a national plan to help relocate homeowners in high-risk flood zones, spend $150 million to complete flood mapping in every province and territory, and design a disaster assistance benefit through the employment insurance system.

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